Oh well…

Perceptions matter and so do some little things.
This past week I’ve taught online and that has meant a LOT of sitting, both when doing class and when writing notes, doing computer stuff, etc.

I am going to have to take breaks for walk around, stretch, etc. I have the time to do it..I have to be disciplined. 10 minutes of stretching between 40 minute sessions is very possible.
I need to bring yoga back.

Workout notes: deadlifts. Not my best session but..

6 x 145
5 x 195
1 x 239 (harder than expected)
a couple of misses at 261
miss at 244?
Sumo: 5 x 244
miss 244
Sumo: 5 x 239
Sumo 5 x 244
6 x 184 Romanian
6 x 134 stiff leg

Then a 5.1 mile walk…some back stuff>

My back just wasn’t right today; I think it is due to the excess sitting described above AND my not being intentional with stretching/yoga. Got to do that again.

Focusing on stuff of lesser consequence

Yes, the COVID-19 pandemic has put a lot of people out of work, buried our poor medical community with too many sick patients, and has, of course, sickened and killed many.
Lives are disrupted, health is damaged, lives are lost; there is a lot of genuine misery out there.

For the time being: I am doing ok, because I am a professor and I had to scramble to move my classes online. So far, it appears to be going well, but I am busier with teaching that I’ve ever been. Though I have no baseball games to go to, there hasn’t been time for me to finish a couple of papers that I was hoping to bear down on. Those will have to wait, but that is true for everyone who is teaching college classes right now.

The bottom line: this unusual amount of business has keep me from having the time to be anxious or really even follow the news super closely.
Things are harder for my retired wife, who is an extrovert and misses in person company. But she is, well..elderly and at high risk.

From time to time, emotions have bubbled up, and mostly about inappropriate things..meaning..not that big of a deal, given the life and death situation many are in. But here goes:

1. Sports. Yes, I miss Bradley and Peoria Chiefs baseball games. But I really feel for the athletes who were getting all prepared for the spring and yes, probably the fall…and now have to socially isolate. Imagine the angst of a good swimmer; at least runners can get outside. And many young athletes are making do with stuff in their apartments/parents houses, etc.
I am an old man. But I’ve been accumulating fitness equipment for a long time; curling bar in 1978, straight bar and Olympic bar in 1984, old bench in 1984, and lately bumper plates and hex bar in 2019, with the recent addition of dumbbells, squat racks, more bumper plates (25’s) and now a monster bench with spotting pins as well as a pull-up bar.

And I lack the physical capacity to use all of the weights that I do have, whereas many young athletes would use everything I have, plus more…but don’t have it. Ironic no? I want to buy more plates, but..for what? I need to add 100 lb. to my deadlift before I could begin to think about needing more.

2. Society: yeah, I am thinking about people who irritate me. You had the rebels who proudly post photos of themselves disobeying regulations “keep out”, etc. So I think “ok jerks, go ahead and give yourself COVID19 sickness…but then…many of these sometimes-non-conformists are urging others to practice social distancing and doing it themselves.
On the other hand, religious people tend to be known as conformists…and some of them are still gathering in churches..and spreading the virus.
Point: you can’t tell; you really can’t accurately put people in boxes.

There are smart conformists and dumb ones; smart rebels and dumb ones.

3. Fitness: yeah, I do appreciate the Instagram fitness people..ok…well, if you know me..but what I find amusing is that, because I recently bought so much home gym stuff, I am getting ads..often with models in revealing clothing…trying to sell me scam systems, nutrition, or over priced things. I could be strong if I drank the right kind of beet juice, fast if I used the right supplements, and ripped if I put on items that jiggled my untoned areas. Then there are the women fitness instructors who, most of the time, face away from the camera..I suppose it is “if you want your butt to look this awesome take my class.”

I’ll just do my old man stuff; some of the porch, most in the basement, along with my incompetent walking and running.

Old and forgetful

One value to online teaching: often I forget exactly where I left off. But now, I can go to the video and check.

Workout notes: 2 mile walk after lifting. Much of what I do I can do in my basement, but I don’t have a high enough ceiling to do overhead presses. So I drag weights to the front porch and use my pull up bar too.

Outside: rotator cuff
pull ups; 3 sets of 10 (good), 4 sets of 5 (switched grips)
clean and press: 5 x 94, 5 x 99, 5 x 99 (latter two sets were challenging..I am ashamed to say…one clean per press)
dumbbell press: 3 sets of 10 x 44
barbell rows: 3 sets of 10 x 115

inside: bench press: 10 x 132, 5 x 166, 5 x 171
curls: 3 sets of 5 x 60
plank: 2:30

outside: 2 mile walk around campus and the neighborhood. Perfect weather.


So far, I like him my online stuff is going, though I am finding that I have to make adjustments. They don’t seem to be bad ones to make; I do have to remember to wind down and not go on too long.

About working out: if there is one piece of gym equipment that one was limited to and one was NOT allowed a treadmill, pull-up bar or barbell, I’d pick this one:

The Exer-genie is an excellent “bang for the buck” piece of equipment and it travels just about everywhere; easy to carry. It does not replace weights nor a pull up bar, but you can do quite a bit of resistance training with it.

And, it can be adjusted so that your super strong friend can use it, as can your weaker, elderly friend.

I used one when I was in high school.

Workout notes: 2 mile walk in glorious weather after weights:
pull ups: 10 sets of 5 with shorter rests
rotator cuff and free squats in between sets
bench press: 10 x 132, 5 x 176 (challenging) 5 x 170, 5 x 170
super set of squats, curls, bent over hex bar row, 3 sets each: 5 x 94 squat, 5 x 60 curl, 8 x 134 row.
super set of seated shoulder with dumbbells, hex bar dead lifts, 3 sets each: 10 x 44 press, 5 x 203 hex dead.
75 minutes total
2 mile walk.

Home is there the office is

It is 7 pm and I might take a break for the evening. It has been hectic, but I think I have plans for Zoom: how to use it when the transmission is high def and what to do when it isn’t. (whiteboard)

I also added a few hand-written extras to my class blog posts, did a quick check to see who hasn’t “showed up” on my courses (so far, only a handful are unaccounted for) and the office. See the photos below.

And…this morning…a slow 6.4 mile slog..ok, perfect weather but I am into the “get some exercise” mode rather than “train” mode, and the final 1.03 took 10:42 to do, even though I was actually trying. Ugh.

Now the office